Sketch Comedy Program: Classes

Our Sketch Comedy Program will have a strong focus on writing, requiring no previous improv experience. The program is designed to be open and accessible to people interested in writing comedy with no interest in performing.

The program also helps current improv students and players translate their onstage, spontaneous scene-writing skills to the written page.

Our writing classes provide a structured environment where you can learn the craft of sketch comedy writing, develop your ideas in a constructive and critical environment, and produce work to help build your portfolio.

Sketch Comedy Writing

SKETCH 101: Fundamentals of Sketch Comedy

Sketch 101 covers writing exercises that explore different structures and sketch formats, while introducing students to the DSI philosophy on sketch comedy. Students develop an understanding of how-to approach and write sketch comedy and can expect to leave class with a portfolio of writing samples.

SKETCH 101 runs for 6 weeks for 2 hours per week.

Your class works towards a staged reading of sketches.

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SKETCH 201: Group Work and Satire

SKETCH 201 will help students push themselves as writers as they are held to weekly writing deadlines, pushing new sketch formats and honing individual pieces through rewriting. This class will offer you opportunities to pitch ideas to other students and collaborate on assignments in class.

Students must bring a sketch to the FIRST session of class.

SKETCH 201 scheduled 6 weeks

Pre-requisite: improv 101.

Preparation for Sketch Labs

The Sketch Comedy Program focuses on writing and developing your writing skills for a professional career in writing comedy and entertainment.

Treat every writing session like a professional writing meeting:

  1. Don't be late. If you are late, don't waste time talking about why you were late.
  2. If you have a laptop, bring your laptop. If you don't, bring your printed scripts and a writing pad (yellow legal pads recommended).
  3. Bring a notebook, writing pad (yellow legal pads recommended) and a supply of pens, some black or blue, some red.
  4. Get used to criticism, taking notes and incorporating notes.
  5. Finish all assignments on time. Come finished and prepared to move to the next step.
  6. You are responsible for printing and bringing as many copies to the room as is required.

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